Michelin’s Wheely-Safe wins technology award

Global Michelin licensee, Wheely-Safe secured the Transport Technology of the Year Award for its Michelin Wheel Security and Tyre Pressure Management System (TPMS) Heavy Fleet at the National Technology Awards in London on May 16.

Launched at the IAA Show in Hanover, Germany, in September 2018, the Michelin Wheel Security & TPMS Heavy Fleet is the world’s first in-motion driver alert system to detect the onset of wheel loss from buses, coaches, trucks, trailers and heavy plant before detachment.

The award was presented to Andy Congrave, Sales Director of Wheely-Safe, and Stephen Graham, ONCall and Internal Sales Manager at Michelin Tyre plc.

Wheely-Safe was one of eight companies shortlisted for the award, presented at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square. The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of technology and encourage excellence across the sector.

Gary Broadfield, Group Managing Director of Wheely-Safe and the inventor behind the technology, said: “In winning this award, the judges recognised that we’d taken an entirely fresh approach to tackling wheel loss. Our solution means that, for the first time, a driver will receive an alert the instant a potential wheel loss issue is detected, allowing them to pull over safely.”

The Michelin Wheel Security and TPMS Heavy Fleet is a simple, intuitive, low cost, and extremely effective system which sees a sensor straddle two wheel nuts thanks to a specially designed bracket – with a pair fitted to each wheel. If a nut starts to loosen by just 1mm of movement, a signal is instantly transmitted to the solar-powered display unit, alerting the driver to pull over.

Due to its location next to the wheel rim and braking mechanism, the system’s onboard heat sensor can also detect brake issues involving low or high temperatures, including when they exceed 90ºC – a reading that could indicate maintenance issues such as sticking brakes or hub failure. An inbuilt TPMS is also provided, with sensors replacing the traditional valve caps and auto-pairing with the display unit, which fixes onto the windscreen.